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Baby Friendly Hospital

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A tiny little cry was the only peep we heard from Sawyer Alise during our visit to the maternity ward at Carson Tahoe Regional Medical Center. This baby girl feels safe and sound snuggled in her mom's arms. "She came out at 5 pounds 5 ounces and she's very healthy and happy little girl. So it was very nerve wracking on Monday when we got here but the staff was wonderful and talked me through everything," says new mom Renee Williams.

When creating her birth plan, Renee and her husband, wanted the baby to never leave their side. That is now standard practice here at Carson Tahoe. "When she came out they put her right on my chest, they didn't take her from me. The waited two hours to even weigh her so I could bond with her." 

In fact, there are 10 steps to follow that evidence shows builds the bond between mom and baby and helps with the breastfeeding process. And more evidence shows breastfeeding helps with many things down the road for the baby, including reducing the chance of obesity. And it all starts with placing the baby right on mom's chest after birth.

Donna Fischer is a registered nurse at Carson Tahoe. "It's good for bonding and it's really good for babies when they transition to extra uterine life it helps them stabilize their blood sugar, it helps them keep their temperature stable, it helps them breastfeed."

Being a baby-friendly hospital was one of the reasons Renee chose Carson Tahoe to deliver Sawyer. "It's really great, it's a wonderful experience."

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Written By Wendy Damonte
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